Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he signed legislation to designate a portion of roadway in the Mohawk Valley in honor of a fallen U.S. Marine who died while serving our nation.
The legislation, (S.6955A/ A.9556B), designated a roadway, beginning at the intersection of State Route 357 and Route 28 in the town of Franklin and ending at the Franklin and Sidney town line, as the "Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski Memorial Highway."
"Corporal Uzenski was a courageous New Yorker and decorated soldier who paid the ultimate price while in the service of our nation," Governor Cuomo said. "We honor his valor and his sacrifice and with this measure we will help preserve his memory for years to come."
Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski, 22, of Franklin, Delaware County, was tragically killed in combat on January 11, 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. A decorated Marine, Corporal Uzenski received the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO International Security Assistance Service Metal, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Senator James L. Seward said, "Memorial highways, parks, and other landmarks serve as fitting tributes to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Each time we see a veteran’s name on a sign, we should think of that individual’s valor and say thank you. Corporal Nickolas K. Uzenski served with bravery, courage, and unwavering allegiance to his country and his fellow soldiers and he made the ultimate sacrifice. I was proud to advance this bill creating a special tribute to keep Corporal Uzenski's memory alive, and I appreciate Governor Cuomo joining in this enduring salute."
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch said, "It is an honor to have assisted in getting this legislation passed on behalf of U.S. Marine Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski and his family. He dedicated his life to our country and will always be remembered in our hearts. By designating this portion of New York State Route 357 in his memory is a small token to honor him and remember those who have given their lives to our country."
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